Design Tour: Guide Dogs for The Blind Student Residence

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Meeting Point: Guide Dogs for the Blind Residence (in front of the residence), 350 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903. Parking is available all around the building. Please note this is a walking tour and attendees should be comfortable walking or standing for the duration of the tour. Attendees are welcome to bring walkers/chairs/canes.

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1.5 CES LUs

Architect: Studio Bondy Architecture
Photograper: Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography

AIA East Bay and AIA San Francisco invite members and the public to join us as Project Architect Ted Arleo and Laura Rambin, AIA lead a tour of Studio Bondy’s new Guide Dogs for the Blind Student Residence in San Rafael.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is dedicated to providing people who are visually impaired with the opportunity to experience what a powerful partnership with a guide dog can mean—not only to their mobility, but to their quality of life. Every aspect of the built environment was considered part of the learning experience for students and their dogs — from dining to outdoor dog runs and dog relieving areas — and aims to reflect the students’ everyday environment so that the instruction they receive with their guide dog will transfer to real-world application.

The new Student Residence we’ll be touring serves as the primary living quarters for students while enrolled in a formal two week in-residence training program with their guide dogs. The facility includes guest suites, classrooms, dining room and kitchen, fitness room with spa, student lounge, and assembly room, as well as space for staff and volunteers. The project was designed to meet the City of San Rafael green building ordinance, which at that time was LEED Silver.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Residence, Studio Bondy Architect, Ken Gutmaker Photographer

Photo: Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography


We will also tour the kennel complex which includes the puppy kennel, training kennels, training equipment, the kennel kitchen, and the vet clinic.

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